The Best Poker Strategy for Home Games.

In part 2 I go through the value of starting hands in relation to the number of players that see a flop.

I go down to 4 callers, and as the chart shows all hands get less and less likely to win the more people that call. Thisis why raising pre-flop with a good hand is such a good idea, you only want one or two callers ideally, as the chance of that hand standing up to the river is still high.

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In part 3 I look at examples of outs. That is rationalising the percentage chance of your hand improving to the hand you think will win. Once you have this figure you can look at pot odds (the odds you get to call a bet) and implied odds (when you factor in how much you think you'll win in future bets if you make you hand).

I recommend having a look at this video in the series, because you need to develop the skill of recognising a good bet and and bad bet quickly.

Online there is very little time to think, in a home game you give away the fact that you are thinking (and therefore probably chasing),so the quicker you know whether you have pot odds/implied odds to continue, or what value you are giving your opponent the better you will be at disgusing your bets.

Deception will help you win more money in the long run, especially if you can make the most (money) out of each winning hand.

In part 4 I consider the benefit of value betting. That is the art of getting the maximum number of chips out of a winning situation. I also go into short stack all in ratios, and most importantly knowing the texture of a flop in relation to the hand that you hold.

I go into 3 starting hands vs 3 types of flop. The starting hands are KK, 99 and AJ all perfectly playable hands, but they all fare differently against low flops, suited flops and flops with an Ace in them.

In part 5 I explain the two ways of approaching a "calling station" lemming type game, where lots of players are seeing a flop with all sorts of crazy hands.

In my case I managed to get a 22 game "in the money" streak by playing tight aggressive, but this strategy was begining to waver a little with 9-10 player games where most of the players were seeing a flop. The issue was that if lots of players call "as a group" then one of them will outdraw your high pair.

So the solution has been to reduce the number of players (so therefore it is more correct to play more often) and to play pot limit with a slight rule change - the opening raise can be 4x the Big blind.

This allows for large pots and chasing out weaker hands (as in no limit poker). It works for us. How about you?

In part 6 to conclude my low limit/free poker stratgey series, I look into strategies for enjoying play money or low stakes online poker.

My conclusions cover no limit, limit and pot limit poker including both cash games and tournaments and short handed play.